CSM Cantiga 160 Lyrics: Quen bõa dona querrá

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Quen bõa dona querrá
Cantiga 160: Quen bõa dona querrá
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Esta é de loor de Santa María.

Line Stanza I  Metrics  
1 Quen bõa dona querrá 7  a
2 loar, lo' a que par non á, 8  a
3 Santa María. 4' B
 
  Stanza II     
4 E par nunca ll' achará, 7  a
5 pois que Madre de Déus foi ja, 8  a
  Santa María.    
 
  Stanza III     
6 Pois Madre de Déus foi ja, 7  a
7 e Virgen foi e seerá 8  a
  Santa María.    
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  Stanza IV     
8 E Virgen foi e será; CSM 160:8The music for the entire cantiga is written out in full in [E], and Elmes (following this manuscript) has seerá in this line. However see- is laid under a single ligature .ra, implying a case of synaeresis that is equivalent to the shorter form será found in [T]. 7  a
9 porende cabo del está 8  a
  Santa María.    
 
  Stanza V     
10 Porên cabo del está, 7  a
11 u sempre por nós rogará, 8  a
  Santa María.    
 
  Stanza VI     
12 U por nós lle rogará 7  a
13 e del perdôn nos gãará 8  a
  Santa María.    
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  Stanza VII     
14 E perdôn nos gãará 7  a
15 e ao démo vencerá 8  a
  Santa María.    
 
  Stanza VIII     
16 E o démo vencerá 7  a
17 e nos consigo levará 8  a
  Santa María.    
 

Footnotes

Line 8:

The music for the entire cantiga is written out in full in [E], and Elmes (following this manuscript) has seerá in this line. However see- is laid under a single ligature .ra, implying a case of synaeresis that is equivalent to the shorter form será found in [T].

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Footnotes

E1:

This long ligature and all similar ones have a small vertical bar in the middle after .oodraa which Neumat cannot currently represent.

E2:

In [E] all reprises of the refrain are written as Quen bõa dona instead of Santa María.

E3:

Note the lack of the double line augmentation after this note, in contrast to the other stanzas. It is presumably a scribal error.

E4:

The [E] lyric scribe repeats querrá by mistake at the beginning of this stave, but the music scribe ignores it.

E5:

The score ends before the last refrain. It looks very much as though the [E] lyric scribe really didn't quite understand what he was copying. I have added it here for completeness.

Manuscript references

External links marked are to facsimiles on Greg Lindahl's Cantigas de Santa Maria website.

[E]160viewhttp://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/cantigas/facsimiles/E/305small.htmlExternal link
[T]160 

Oxford CSM Database record

External link to poem data:  CSM 160http://csm.mml.ox.ac.uk/index.php?p=poemdata_view&rec=160

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Metrical summary

Refrain

4'

Stanzas

7  8

Rhyme

aa / B
 RIIIIIIIVVVIVIIVIII
a a
Bi.a 

Estimated performance times

Average syllables / min. Time
Very slow503:12
Slow1001:36
Medium1501:03
Fast2000:48
Very fast2500:38

These are very approximate total times for a full sung (or spoken) performance of all stanzas with all repeats of the refrain. Note that the speed is in average syllables per minute, and no particular mensural interpretation is assumed. More ornamented music will reduce the syllabic speed considerably. Remember also to add time for instrumental preludes, interludes and postludes.

Total syllables: 160